Ingestible, expanding pill monitors the stomach for up to a month

MIT engineers have designed an ingestible, Jell-O-like pill that, upon reaching the stomach, quickly swells to the size of a soft, squishy ping-pong ball big enough to stay in the stomach for an extended period of time. The inflatable pill is embedded with a sensor that continuously tracks the stomach’s temperature for up to 30…

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Climate change may increase congenital heart defects

DALLAS, January 30, 2019 — Rising temperatures stemming from global climate change may increase the number of infants born with congenital heart defects (CHD) in the United States over the next two decades and may result in as many as 7,000 additional cases over an 11 year-period in eight representative states (Arkansas, Texas, California, Iowa,…

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University of Konstanz develops first genetic switch for C. elegans

IMAGE: Left: How the ribozyme-based genetic switch works. A self-cleaving tetracycline-dependent ribozyme results in mRNA decay and down-regulation of gene expression. Adding tetracycline inhibits ribozyme activity, which stabilizes the mRNA and… view more  Credit: L. A. Wurmthaler, M. Gamerdinger, J. S. Hartig With their first ever RNA-based inducible system for switching on genes in the roundworm…

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New strategy expands the benefits of Internet-delivered CBT

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have experimented with a new adaptive treatment strategy for Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT) that identifies patients within the first month who face a major risk of treatment failure. Published in the scientific journal American Journal of Psychiatry, the results also suggest that such patients may nevertheless benefit if…

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Vitamin D could lower the risk of developing diabetes

CLEVELAND, Ohio (January 30, 2019)—The benefits of vitamin D in promoting bone health are already well known. A new study out of Brazil suggests that vitamin D also may promote greater insulin sensitivity, thus lowering glucose levels and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of…

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Aging and chronic diseases share genetic factors, study reveals

IMAGE: Aging doubles your risks of chronic diseases every eight years and there are genes responsible for that. view more  Credit: Gero LLC The global population aged 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups and faces the tide of chronic diseases threatening their quality of life and posing challenges to healthcare and…

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Many women get unnecessary mammograms before breast reduction surgery

IMAGE: Thousands of younger women with no known breast cancer risk get mammograms before breast reduction surgery, a Michigan Medicine study shows. view more  Credit: Manifest for Michigan Medicine Each year, thousands of younger women with no known risk of breast cancer get mammograms before having breast reduction surgery. Patients receive the exam, often at the…

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Rutgers researchers contribute to visual guide to identify invasive self-cloning tick

IMAGE: Scanning electron microscopy images of an adult female Asian longhorned tick, used in Rutgers’ researchers new guide to identify the species. view more  Credit: Andrea Egizi and co-authors. Rutgers researchers and other scientists have created a visual guide to help identify and control the Asian longhorned tick, which transmits a fatal human disease in its…

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Your body image is impacted by those around you

Spending time with people who are not preoccupied with their bodies can improve your own eating habits and body image, according to researchers from the University of Waterloo. In a new study, researchers examined how social interactions influence body image. They found that in addition to the previous findings that being around people preoccupied with…

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Frostbite and Hypothermia: Tips to Stay Safe in Extreme Cold Weather

Here’s how to stay safe as a polar vortex puts the Midwest into a deep freeze this week: Do. Not. Go. Outside. Experts warn that even a short time in the blistering cold can be extremely dangerous, with the risk of hypothermia and frostbite increasing every minute. Of course, many of us have no choice:…

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